IPPOLITO SCARSELLA, CALLED SCARSELLINO
(Ferrara circa 1550 - 1620)
THE HOLY FAMILY ON THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT
oil on canvas
21 by 30¾ in.; 53.3 by 78.1 cm.
The canvas is unlined. A fold in the canvas runs down the center and is visible to the naked eye although not distracting. Scattered paint loss is visible throughout, including flaking and resulting loss at upper center, on Mary's shoulders, and at lower center. There is active flaking along the top half of the composition. A discolored varnish is noticeable in the pink clouds at left center. Under UV inspection, a milky varnish obscures old retouching in the dark areas of shadow in the landscape and sky at left, and small retouches in the shadows around the figures. We recommend consulting with a restorer regarding a conservation plan. Offered in a carved gilt wood frame with the incorrect artist label "Francesco Furini."
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Scarsellino’s religious landscapes anticipate the developments of the genre in the 17th century and demonstrate the influence of the Caracci on his style; he worked alongside the Bolognese artists in Ferrara at the Palazzo Diamante.